WILDKAT CC TEAM RECEIVES AWARDS - DECEMBER 6
The Willis CC Team had a great turnout for their annual Banquet on Tuesday night. Willis Alum Cali Roper, 2011 State CC Champ, delivered an inspiring message encouraging the team to continue their quest to be their best!
- Jaime Vega – Most Valuable Runner! Letterwinner! District Champ! Won 2 Invitationals!
- Kebin Guerrero – Most Valuable JV! Letterwinner! Hard worker, Motivated!
- Timothy Coger – Most Improved Runner! Letterwinner! Starting to realize his potential!
- Efrain Lira – Most Dedicated Runner! Letterwinner! Ind State Qual, Day in Day out hard worker!
- CJ Mixon – Coaches Award! Letterwinner! Came back to help team to Region Win!!
- Carlos Barcenas – Newcomer of the Year! Letterwinner! Frosh! Great young runner, talented!
- Joseph Miller - Most Consistent Runner! Letterwinner! Never had a bad race. Brings his Lunch pail and hard hat every day!
Crash Nesom – Manager Award! Just learning the ropes!
- Mariela Guerrero – Most Valuable Runner! Letterwinner! All District and Academic.
- Annie Warren – Most Valuable JV Runner! Letterwinner! Great improvement!
- Carli Cornelius – Most Improved! Letterwinner! Became a distance runner!
- Emika Sorenson – Most Dedicated! Letterwinner! Steady performer! All District and Academic!
- Demaris Pelayo – Coaches Award; Helpful and courteous!
- Chloe York – Most Consistent Runner! Letterwinner! Dependable! Academic All District!
Dakota Richards – New Comer of the Year! Letterwinner! All District; Great addition!
BOYS 6TH AT TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
The Willis Boys CC Team finished an historic season with a 6th place finish at the State Meet on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Team ran well but was hoping for a podium finish. Sophomores Jaime Vega and Efrain Lira led the Team by placing 19th and 20th. Freshman Carlos Barcenas was 34th while Junior CJ Mixon finished 52nd and Sophomore Joseph Miller was 77th. Seniors Conner Jackson and Tristan Barbara finished 103rd and 108th. Lucas Lovejoy won the meet while Donna North was 2nd and Grapevine 3rd. Frisco Wakeland was 4th. Willis finished 1 point behind 5th place El Paso Austin. They were again the top team from Region 3. The Team had a great season. The Best Willis has ever had! The top 5 finishers are all back and they look forward to making a run for the Podium next year!!
10/29/16 - REGIONAL MEET
WILLIS BOYS WIN REGION AND QUALIFY FOR STATE!
For the first time in history the Willis Boys Cross Country Team won the Regional Championship! They were led by a great TEAM effort as the Runnin' Kats put 5 runners in the top 35. Sophomore Efrain Lira ran well and led the Kats with an 11th place finish. Usual number one runner Sophomore Jaime Vega suffered through allergy symptoms to place 16th. Freshman Carlos Barcenas had a great race to finish 22nd as the top freshman in the Region. Junior CJ Mixon placed 28th with a good effort. Sophomore Joseph Miller had a super race and placed 38th. Seniors Conner Jackson and Tristan Barbara placed 93rd and 94th to finish the Team scoring.
The Willis Girls Team finished 9th. Sophomore Mariela Guerrero just missed qualifying for State placing 18th. Sophomore Emika Sorenson was 53rd, Sophomore Dakota Richards was 57th, Junior Chloe York was 69th, Junior Kylie Dobraski was 72nd, Sophomore Olivia Bean was 91st and Senior Cayden Nesom was 107th.
10/20/16 - WILLIS QUALIFIES BOYS AND GIRLS FOR REGIONALS AT DISTRICT 20-5A MEET
Varsity Boys: 2nd Place!!
Jaime Vega 1st
Efrain Lira 3rd
Carlos Barcenas 9th
Joseph Miller 14th
Tristan Barbara 17th
Conner Jackson 18th
Kebin Guerrero 22nd
Varsity Girls: 3rd Place!!
Mariela Guerrero 6th
Emika Sorenson 7th
Dakota Richards 14th
Chloe York 19th
Olivia Bean 23rd
Kylie Dobraski 24th
Cayden Nesom 25th
10/1/16 - RUNNIN' KATS ENJOY A FAST RUN AT MCNEIL INVITE
Sophomore Jaime Vega and Efrain Lira placed in the top 10 to help the WildKats finish 2nd at the prestigious McNeil Invitational in Round Rock. Vega went for the win but was run down in the last 50 meters and finished 2nd in a personal record time! Lira was 7th with a huge PR!! There were 320 runners and 42 teams in the 5A Race!! The Meet is run on the State Meet course and was lightning fast! Freshman Carlos Barcenas and Junior CJ Mixon ran big personal records to finish 19th and 20th!! Also running PR's were Soph Joseph Miller in 78th, Senior Conner Jackson in 126th, Senior Tristan Barbara in 148th.
For the LadyKats, Sophomores Mariela Guerrero 14th, Emika Sorenson 22nd, and Senior Cayden Nesom 33rd led the team to a 5th place finish out of 39 teams and 300 runners. Junior Chloe York was 83rd in a new personal record time! Sophomore Olivia Bean was 119th with a seasonal best time, Junior Kylie Dobraski was 135th in a personal record, and Sophomore Dakota Richards was 138th in a huge pr!!
WILDKAT OF THE WEEK:
BVarsity - Carlos Barcenas
GVarsity - Cayden Nesom
9/24/16 - BOYS 5th and GIRLS 9th at The Hillacious Brenham Invite
Sophomore Jaime Vega finished 13th, Efrain Lira 28th, CJ Mixon 40th, Carlos Barcenas 60th, Joseph Miller 69th, Tristan Barbara 76th, Conner Jackson 83rd at the tough and hilly Brenham Invitational.
For the Girls Mariela Guerrero was 22nd, Emika Sorenson 32nd, Cayden Nesom 46th, Chloe York 69th, Olivia Bean 88th, Dakota Richards 97th, and Kylie Dobraski 101st.
WILDKAT OF THE WEEK:
V Boys: Joseph Miller
JV Boys: Lance Miner
V Girls: Emika Sorenson
JV Girls: Demaris Pelayo
9/15/16 - WILLIS TEAMS EXCEL AT OWN INVITATIONAL!
Sophomore Jaime Vega and Efrain Lira placed in the top 10 to help the WildKats finish 3rd at the Willis WildKat Invitational! Both ran personal best times! The WildKats finished behind two of the top teams in the State 6A polls! College Park won the meet while OakRidge was second. CJ Mixon was 20th, Joseph Miller ran a huge PR to finish 24th, Carlos Barcenas was 31st, Conner Jackson 39th, Tristan Barbara 40th. Mariela Guerrero ran a huge PR and finished 4th for in the girls varsity race to help the LadyKats finish 3rd! College Park, one of the top teams in the State finished 1st while District rival Magnolia was 2nd. Cayden Nesom showed improvement in placing 12th. Emika Sorenson was 16th, Olivia Bean was 28th, Chloe York 30th, Kylie Dobraski was 39th for the LadyKats!
WildKat of the Week went to Joseph Miller, Olivia Bean, Dakota Richards, and Corben Wendt!!!
9/10/16 - KATS RUN WELL AT REGION III PREVIEW MEET
Sophomore Jaime Vega notched his second invitational race win and led the WildKats to a 2nd place finish in the 26 team Invitational Saturday. Sophomore Efrain Lira also medaled placing 9th with his best time. Freshman Carlos Barcenas had a breakout race finishing 24th with a huge personal record time. CJ Mixon was 36th, Joseph Miller 45th, Conner Jackson 47th, Tristan Barbara 57th, Lance Miner 63rd, and Brighton Boswell 124th.
The LadyKats struggled through some illness and finished 14th out of 26 teams. Sophomore Mariela Guerrero was 54th, Sophomore Emika Sorenson 65th, Senior Cayden Nesom 68th, Junior Chloe York 76th, Sophomore Kaitlyn Drewniok 101st, Junior Kylie Dobraski 103rd, Sophomore Olivia Bean 107th, Sophomore Annie Warren 150th and Sophomore Tiffany Jones 166th.
WildKat of the Week:
VB - Conner Jackson
VG - Chloe York
JVB - Timothy Coger
JVG - Abbie Lopez
The Cross Country Team ran extremely well in the Montgomery Moonlight Madness Meet!
The WildKats finished a close 2nd to a strong Montgomery Team. Jaime Vega again showed he will be a force to be reckoned with as he topped the field finishing first over the 5k course. Efrain Lira continued to show vast improvement taking 5th in a good field. CJ Mixon ran well and finished in the medals in 12th place. Freshman Carlos Barcenas was impressive finishing 19th. Joseph Miller had a strong run to finish the scoring for the Kats by placing 24th. Andy Reyes 27th and Tristan Barbara 31st ran well in support for the Kats.
The LadyKats also ran well finishing 3rd behind College Park and Montgomery. Mariela Guerrero again led the LadyKats by placing a solid 6th in a very good field. Emika Sorenson ran well and finished 20th. Cayden Nesom continued to show improvement and placed 29th. Olivia Bean, Kylie Dobraski, Kaitlyn Drewniok and Chloe York all ran well in a solid team effort.
WildKats of the Week were:
VB: Efrain Lira
VG: Kylie Dobraski
JVB: Brian Topping
JVG: Gabby Gill
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- Friday, 10/7/16 - Stay n Play fund raiser at AR Turner 3:30pm - 7pm
- Saturday, 10/8/16 - College Park Invitational at College Park HS in The Woodlands; Bus 6:20am
Race day diet - On the morning of the big day, have a light breakfast; a bagel or poptart, fruit, and some water is ideal. Bananas and berries are great! A yogurt with fruit and granola is good. Pancakes, toast, French toast are good in small amounts. Stay away from greasy, fried foods. Water, deluded Gatorade, low sugar juices are good to wash it down with.
Before the race, staying hydrated is most important. Drink some fluids every 20 minutes. Try to get about 25 grams of carbohydrates 60 minutes before you run and stick with a sports drink or easily digested foods like sports bars or gels, bananas. Eat something you have tried before. Try to keep things as normal as possible. Everyone's stomach reacts differently to different foods, and a race is not the best time to discover that a new sports bar doesn't agree with you.
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